Titans Rumors: Free Agency, Locker, Johnson

Before speaking to Titans season ticket holders at an event in Nashville today, team president/CEO Tommy Smith appeared on 104.5 The Zone to discuss the coming offseason. Insisting that maintaining the status quo isn’t a real option for the Titans, Smith reiterated a point he’s made before, indicating that the club won’t hesitate to get involved in free agency.

“I’ve said before, we’re going to be active,” Smith said. “We were active last year, and where [GM] Ruston [Webster] and [head coach] Ken [Whisenhunt] see the need and find the talent, we’re going to go after it. So within our confines within the salary cap and so forth, we’re going to be active.”

Later, at the Music City Center, Smith addressed a few more Titans-related topics, and Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean tweeted out a few highlights. Let’s round them up (all links go to Twitter)….

  • Jake Locker is the Titans’ quarterback, says Smith, adding that he “absolutely” supports Locker despite somewhat middling results for the 25-year-old so far.
  • According to Smith, it took about seven minutes for the club to negotiate a contract for Whisenhunt, who signed a five-year deal as Tennessee’s new head coach. “We made a very good offer,” Smith said.
  • Chris Johnson‘s future with the Titans will be determined by Webster and Whisenhunt, according to Smith, who praised Johnson’s productivity but made it clear that the decision was in the hands of his GM and head coach. It’s widely believed that the Titans will cut their starting running back this season, creating $6MM in cap savings.
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